Author Responsibilities

JAFSCD is all about contributing to food systems research, policy, and practice. It is not enough for you and your co-authors to prepare a great manuscript, for reviewers to give it a tough review, and for journal staff to copy-edit, format, and publish your work.

To have the intended impact, your work needs to be distributed broadly and to specifically targeted stakeholders in the good food movement—researchers, policy-makers, professionals, educators, and practitioners.

The responsibilities of you as an author, therefore, do not end with the publishing of your work. To maximize the beneift of open access, we ask you to assist us with the following.

1. If you are affiliated with a college or institution, post your published work in your institutional repository (contact your main library for details).

2. Draft a press release, using the template and information we provide. (You will be prompted about this specifically after your manuscript is accepted for publication.) This is used as the basis of our social media and email promotion of your work.

3. Promote your work through a variety of channels:

  • Reading listsAdd the journal and/or specific papers to your students' reading lists. 
  • Department website or personal webpage: Use your staff profile entry on your department website, or your personal webpage, to add information about your involvement with JAFSCD and link directly to the latest table of contents
  • Email signatureUse your email signature to tell people about the journal, linking to the latest table of contents.
  • LinkedIn: Mention JAFSCD in your LinkedIn profile. Join the Food Systems Journal LinkedIn group for the journal's advisors, reviewers, and authors who are interested in scholarly publishing!
  • Check out your article's Altmetric score if a badge appears on its abstract page.
  • BlogsIf you blog, don't forget to inform other users about JAFSCD.
  • Listservs: Post a short message to any email lists you're a member of, letting people know that your work has been published and/or a new issue of the journal is available. The easiest way to do this is to register for the table of contents alert so you can forward the notification.
  • Include JAFSCD citations: You can add articles from JAFSCD to your personal Zotero library to share with others, helping them discover literature relevant to their field.
  • Join academic social networking sites: Academics, researchers, and practitioners are increasingly using social communities such as ResearchGate, Mendeley, and Academici as a way of meeting and sharing with people who share the same research interests.

Have other ideas for sharing your work? This is a changing field, so we'd like to hear about them and share them with your colleagues. Send your ideas to managing editor Amy Christian.

We hope that you consider taking one or two of the steps above. We look forward to working with you to promote your work in JAFSCD.